Thursday, November 20, 2008


First, I'd like to talk about basketball camp. This past summer we enrolled Jared in a week-long basketball camp. I was thrilled that the flyer mentioned ages from 3 on up. Jared just turned three! Yippee, he can participate. My one girlfriend from high school (we played basketball together in school) raved about this camp. She informs me that they bring in all these little nets for the kids, they show them the proper way to shot, etc. I was impressed.

Do you see this picture? That is our week at basketball camp in a nutshell...

The cost for the camp was minimal. It cost $50, but then each child received a certificate, an imbroidered T-shirt, and a quality basketball at the end of the week. But, I still can't believe that I paid money to chase my son around a basketball court and fight with him to listen and pay attention. I could have done that at home for free.
I was embarrassed, and annoyed that there weren't more activities geared towards a 3-year-old who doesn't even understand what a basketball is.
Remember those self-defense classes that I've been taking, well the instructors have a karate school only blocks from our house. My husband and I have been debating whether or not to sign Jared up for these classes. The first month is free, so I figure that I have nothing to lose but my dignity.
This past week I took him there and he did it again. He didn't listen to the instrutors and ran away, but here's the best part....the instructors went and got him and brought him back, and when he ran away they did it again. I couldn't believe my eyes. Instructors that instruct! I will try again next week and see if Jared does better. I can't wait until he gets his little robe thing (I don't know that proper name for it yet).


bekah said...

oh PLEASE post a pic of him in the robe thing, they are too cute! My nephew did karate, and it was great for him. He had an outlet, he learned not to hit people, he learned self control...if we ever have a son I think we will enroll them as well.

Love the basketball picture, too classic. Reminds me of my 'soccer camp' days

ladyfi said...

Oh - that's my son at pre-school, and at swimming and at... well, everything!

... My philosophy is if they act like that they are not ready for any sort of classes... My son had a break from everything and, finally, at 5.5. yrs old, he wants to go back to swimming class.. and he is even enjoying his ice skating classes...